Brocade network security solutions help protect organizations from security vulnerabilities that might cause downtime or expose them to regulatory compliance issues, thereby reducing the threat to network infrastructure, data, and applications.
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Visibility and Security with sFlow
Brocade networking products are designed to deliver line-rate Layer 2-3 forwarding, and provide traffic flow information through embedded sFlow technology. This enables real-time delivery of network traffic to a variety of security, reporting, and compliance devices. This includes IPS along with traffic accounting appliances and applications. With sFlow, Brocade provides network monitoring capabilities to sFlow collectors, complementing the protection services available via IPS solutions from Brocade security partners such as McAfee and CheckPoint.
Complete network management has always been a goal for network managers in organizations of all sizes. Trying to understand all the possible traffic flows, the bandwidth requirements, performance implications, security threats, and billing allocations are just a few of the challenges of modern networks. As networks grow in size, speed, and capacity, it becomes much more difficult to monitor and manage with traditional tools that rely on RMON or NetFlow-based counters and statistics.
sFlow is a modern standard-based network export protocol (RFC 3176) that addresses many of the challenges that organizations face today. By embedding sFlow technology into its LAN switch ASICs, Brocade delivers "always-on" technology that operates at wire-speed performance. Cost of implementation is significantly lower compared to traditional network monitoring solutions that use mirrored ports, probes, and line tap technologies. A full enterprise-wide monitoring capability for every port in the corporate network is now possible using sFlow.
Advantages of Brocade sFlow implementation include:
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